The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has announced progress on the modernization and rehabilitation of the passenger rail network.
The Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme (RSFRP) in South Africa is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative that aims to modernize the country's rail transport system. The program involves the procurement of new rolling stock to replace the aging fleet of trains in operation.
The signaling network automation project was almost entirely finished in Gauteng, while in the Western Cape, where human settlements in the rail reserve had caused some delays, it was 92% complete. In Kwazulu-Natal, where there had been delays due to the need to appoint a new contractor and recent flooding, the project was 73% complete. 96 new trains had been provisionally accepted and some of the new trains had already been delivered to Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape.